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Old 04-18-2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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Airstream Wannabe - Nissan Pathfinder?

I have the airstream itch but am an RV newby. I have 4 kids but my wife and daughter aren't the camping sorts. My oldest son is in college and one of my twin 6 year old sons loves to camp and fish; the other is not quite there.

Anyway, I own a 2009 Nissan Pathfinder SE with a V6 and I'd like to get an Airstream. I guess I am wondering which model I could comfortably tow. (and how much weight?) The trailer is one thing -- how much do I need to consider for gear?

I have thought perhaps I should get an F-150 with V8 so I could tow (and buy) a bigger Airstream.

Any suggestions? Thanks for all feedback.
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:26 AM   #3
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Hi, looks like you answered your own question; Get the F-150 and a trailer that's the right size for you. With the Pathfinder, you might find that a matching trailer would be too small.
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Almost 2 years ago I replaced a Ford F150 with the 4.6L V-8 and automatic transmission with a 2008 Nissan Frontier with a 6 speed manual transmission.

I find the Nissan to be superior to the Ford for towing both my 19' 3,530 Dry -4,500 lb Max and my 21' 3,900 Dry - 5,500 lb Max, particularly in the mountains. Both trucks have about the same HP, but the Nissan has a better range of gear ratios for towing. I'm not sure how the automatic transmission would compare.

4 wheel drive is particularly useful with the low range to position the trailer in rough terrain if you are into boondocking.

p.s. The Nissan Frontier is rated to tow 6,500 lb
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Your Pathfinder has a 5000 pound tow rating. It is too small for a double axle Airstream but it should tow one of the single axle Bambis.
I have a 2007 Xterra with the same engine you have. Mine has a 3500 tow rating because of the short wheelbase. The V 6 engine has plenty of guts if you don't mind putting fuel in it.
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Your Pathfinder has a 5000 pound tow rating. It is too small for a double axle Airstream but it should tow one of the single axle Bambis.
I have a 2007 Xterra with the same engine you have. Mine has a 3500 tow rating because of the short wheelbase. The V 6 engine has plenty of guts if you don't mind putting fuel in it.
The 2010 Pathfinder V6 has 6000 pound tow rating, and the V8 has 7300.
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Your Pathfinder has a 5000 pound tow rating. It is too small for a double axle Airstream but it should tow one of the single axle Bambis.
There are lots of dual axle Airstreams that fall within the 5,000lb tow rating.

The key here is to connect it optimally.
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